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International Alumni Job Search Stories


Degree: B.S. Computer Science, CSE
Graduation Date: May 2014
Employer: A Software Development Company (MN)
Position: Software Developer 

What is your job?
My job is developing programs to help providers efficiently distribute energy to people. I work as a program developer. I am developing and debugging and learning other things.

How did you get the job?
I regularly attended career fairs with friends and asked a fair amount of questions (to the employers there), like: "What are some positions left to be filled?" "Do you sponsor international students?" "I want to further study about mobile phones. How much investment have you been making?" "Is this area promising?" "What is hot in the field these days?" I asked diverse questions and gained important tips.

What was most helpful for your career development?
Some good companies come to campus and invited students to interviews. I had conversations with them on my expertise and experience, like what I am good at and what I have tried working on. If they like some of the students, they ask for a formal interview the next day. Talking to employers was very helpful.

What advice do you have for current international students?
Students need to prepare well for job search by learning how to interview and write resume. Like in our field, students need to keep studying programing problems. It is good to spend a lot of time to prepare. International students also need to be distinguished from other Americans in order to be even considered. It is helpful to have some practical capabilities, like showing homepages or application you made or something to appeal your abilities and specialties. But I know it is very difficult. All the seniors I know applied for A LOT of jobs. Compared to how much we applied, it is a small number of interviews that we had. So do not give up until the end. Think of applying for 200 jobs.